“Your Two Cents” is our interactive feature where we gauge the opinions of our Twitter and Facebook followers on different discussions in women’s wrestling.
This week, we’re asking this: This Sunday at Slammiversary, Gail Kim and Taryn Terrell will face off in a Last Knockout Standing match. We want to know: what has been your favorite women’s match that had an added stipulation? We’ve read your responses on our social media pages and picked some of the best submissions to highlight here on the website. As always, you can join the debate by leaving your comments!
Ashley Matthew | Molly Holly vs. Victoria where Molly had to shave her head.The result of the match was such a shocker but it also showed just how dedicated and passionate Molly was for female wrestling because she was the one who pitched the idea just so there would be a Women’s Championship match on the card. [WATCH]
Brandon Bray | 10,000 Thumbtacks with Rachel Summerlyn and Athena at ACW, because Athena wanted to school Summerlyn in her own element, and took their hatred to another level. [WATCH]
@christopher_cc | Michelle McCool vs. Layla at Extreme Rules 2011 in a Loser Leaves WWE Match. THAT MATCH WAS AWESOME. [WATCH]
Josue Guzman | Gail Kim vs. Awesome Kong in a No DQ match at Final Resolution. The match has to be one of the greatest match to come from the Knockouts Division. It was brutal and both women made most of the No DQ stipulation. [WATCH]
Michael Chichetti | The Steel Cage match from Lockdown with Gail Kim vs Jacqueline. [WATCH]
M-Kay Mangelina Hibbert | Knockouts: Angelina Love vs. Velvet Sky in the Leather & Lace I Quit match. A story of 2 bestfriends torn apart, Velvet wanting to show she’s Queen Bee and Angelina holding onto her pride at all costs. Also, Tara & Angelina’s pride coming between them. Divas: Trish Stratus vs. Victoria in the Chicago Street Fight. The match told a story from start to finish, Victoria doing anything to keepi her title at all costs, Trish doing all she can to win it and the aftermath of Jazz‘s revenge was just epic. [WATCH | WATCH]
@mxatt | The Trish/Victoria Mixed Tag Table match where Trish and the Dudleys put Victoria through the table at the end. [WATCH]
@_OfficialMAFIA | There are many choices to choose from but I think I’ll go with the one that had me on my seat the most and that’ll have to be the TNA Knockouts Makeover Battle Royal at Sacrifice back in 2008. Yes, maybe the battle royal wasn’t the best one ever but it was the Roxxi/Gail showdown that had me on my seat because if Roxxi had won it, Gail couldn’t have got her head shaved bold because Gail won the immunity match on that weeks Impact, so it would have gone to Angelina. That match was amazing!! & that sunset flip powerbomb from the ladder, OUCH! [WATCH]
@RalphHartman | My all time favorite women’s match with a added stipulation was the Steel Cage match on Raw between Lita and Victoria. [WATCH]
@SimpleDesireeXO | Mickie James vs. Tara in a Steel Cage match on Impact! That Lou Thesz Press by MJ off the top of the cage was sweeeeeeet. [WATCH]
@Tomhalligan1991 | Trish vs. Victoria at Survivor Series 2002 in a Hardcore match! Reminds me of my childhood! [WATCH]
@xfrogsplashin | Has to be Beth Phoenix vs. Winter in OVW in a Ladder Match for the Women’s Title. [WATCH]
William S. Rivas | Beth Phoenix and Natalya vs. Layla and Michelle McCool in their Tag Team Tables match. Each one of the competitors was able to showcase their wrestling skills and it left me at the edge of my seat. I especially enjoyed how the match ended (Natalya doing a bodyslam on both members of LayCool). [WATCH]
And now we turn it over to you…
What are your two cents on the debate? What is your favorite women’s match that had an added stipulation? Tell us in the comments…
What’s up Knockout fans and welcome to a slightly belated edition of TNA Xplosion Watch here on Diva Dirt! This week’s match was aired a day before Mickie James‘ Knockout Championship win, so bear that in mind when you don’t see the belt around her waist. On this week’s Xplosion, Mickie takes on former rival Tara, and of course, Tara has the “snake in the grass” that is Jesse Godderz with her. Are TNA spelling it Jesse or Jessie this week? It changes all the time! I’ll stick with Jesse as that seems more manly and Jessie with an I reminds me of Jessie from Team Rocket in Pokémon and her godly name should not be tarnished by the likes of Mr. Pectacular. Weird trail of thought over, let’s get cracking!
We cut to the arena and Tara is making her entrance alongside her Hollywood Z-lister boytoy. Tara and Jesse mock a fan on the ramp and pretend to go to slap his hand, which I thought was hilarious. Just when you think this pairing is getting old, they add something new. Out next, without her recording breaking ninth belt of gold, is none other than Mickie James. No surprise, Mickie’s album is plugged like crazy and not to burst anyone’s bubble but Mickie’s album is not Top 5 in the UK like the normally excellent Todd Kennelly says. Maybe in our Country music chart it is, but a country music scene is virtually non-existent here so, yeah… I’ll move swiftly on. Love Mickie’s new video though!
The match starts out with a collar and elbow tie-up, which Tara gets the best of, as she transitions it into a waistlock that she then turns into a belly to back slam. The Widow’s Peak Freak then mounts Mickie and “plays the bongos” according to Todd. Tara then decides to play something else and goes to play tonsil tennis with Jesse. Mickie spanks Tara herself before kicking her in the midsection and applying a headlock. Following a shoulder block, cartwheel and dropkick combo, Mickie levels Tara with a drop toe hold and then she rides Tara like a donkey! Jesse is clearly jealous of Tara and proceeds to get in on the action himself. ODB obviously feels left out and she decides she may as well get spanked too and although Mickie isn’t interested in riding ODB, she gives her a cheek whack on the behind as we go to a commercial break.
Back from the adverts and Mickie decks both Tara and Jesse with a baseball slide dropkick on the outside. Mickie gets Tara back in the ring, but as the record 5-time Knockouts Champ distracts ODB, Jesse does what a good manager should, he gets involved and trips Mickie up head first on the apron. Tara works over Mickie with a few stomps back in the ring and then she wrenches at Mickie’s hair, stretching Mickie over her back. Following a couple of pin attempts, Tara rakes Mickie’s face/ears before slamming her face into the mat. Mickie attempts to make a comeback yet Tara clubs her down before setting her up in the tree of woe and slamming her neck first off the bottom turnbuckle. Really nice.
Mickie’s comeback might not be dead in the water just yet as she manages to avoid Tara’s dropkick attempt, yet after a near fall from a schoolgirl, Tara regains control with a clothesline. Tara then locks in a sloppy yet pretty unique submission yet it’s not cinched in tight enough as Mickie gets out pretty quickly, and she nearly puts Tara away with a lovely bridging pin. Mickie goes for another pin attempt, this time a Crucifix, yet that also isn’t enough. Hardcore Country then decapitates Tara with an Enziguri, which could definitely be a turning point in the match.
Mickie goes for her Mickie-DT yet after a distraction from Jesse, Tara hits her beautiful Spider’s Web – such a good looking move. Tara then looks to deal even more damage to Mickie’s neck and back as it looks like she’s looking for a Superplex, yet after a reversal and failed interference from Jesse, Mickie flies from the top rope Lou Thesz style and scores a three count!
Thoughts: This match has felt really fresh compared to a lot of Tara’s other bouts recently and I really enjoyed it. Mickie didn’t have a clichéd comeback and that made for a much more realistic feel to the bout. Jesse can sometimes interfere too many times for my liking yet I think the balance was just right in this match, and he sold Mickie’s kick at the end really well. Overall, a really nice hidden gem once again on Xplosion. And with that, stay tuned, Jack will be back!
May 16th, 2010 | At 2010′s Sacrifice, both Madison Rayne and Tara put very precious things on the line: Madison put her Knockouts Title up for grabs, while Tara wagered her career. Unfortunately for Tara, the odds were not in her favor that night. She lost the match and was forced to retire.. at least for two months, anyway. Tara would return in July, aligning herself with the very woman who forced her into her short-lived retirement.
What are your memories of this moment? Tell us in the comments!